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South West Acute Hospital | Strategic Development Group

The first official meeting of the South West Acute Hospital’s (SWAH) Strategic Development Group took place on Thursday 24 August 2023.

The Strategic Development Group, which is made up of senior leaders and staff in the Trust, senior management and clinical leaders in SWAH, GP representation, key Community Stakeholders and independent health experts in addition to Senior Council representation, has a shared purpose to support the long-term sustainability and development of SWAH as an acute hospital.

South West Acute Hospital Strategic Development Group

The group has been established in direct response to address the views shared with the Trust during our public consultation events on the temporary suspension of Emergency General Surgery at SWAH noting “a lack of local influence or focus with no representation from the South West on Trust Board.”

Western Trust Chief Executive Neil Guckian and Co-chair of the group said:

“This is a very important step forward in the strategic development and direction for SWAH.

“We held a preliminary discussion meeting of the SWAH Strategic Development Group in June 2023, and this is something that has been welcomed by all stakeholders to date, including the Fermanagh and Omagh Council and the now established SWAH All Party Group (made up of 5 main political parties).

“As a group of senior influencers and external stakeholders we will drive forward our shared purpose to support the long term sustainability and development of SWAH as an acute hospital, and who will act as a Strategic Think Tank and Advisory Group to the Trust Board.

“I look forward to the continued engagement and discussions moving forward.”

Western Trust Non-Executive Director and Co-chair of the Group, Rev. Judi McGaffin added:

“I welcome the launch of the Strategic Development Group as an exciting and innovative initiative. I look forward to the group working to lead on the sustainability, growth and best practice of the Trust and in particular the South West area. I encourage all stakeholders to fully support the work of this Group to ensure that SWAH becomes a centre of excellence where innovation flourishes for the benefit of everyone in the local community.”

Jim Wilkinson, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health’s Healthcare Policy Group, said:

“I commend the Trust on a very innovative and responsive approach with the launch of the Strategic Development Group. SWAH is an intrinsic part of the Health and Social Care system as a whole. I look forward to hearing the ideas and strategies which will be discussed and employed within SWAH going forward for the benefit of the Fermanagh and West Tyrone Communities and beyond.”


  • SWAH Strategic Development Group Membership
    Member
    Neil GuckianChief Executive  (Joint-Chair)
    Judi McGaffinTrust Board Non-Executive Director (Joint-Chair)
    Jim WilkinsonDepartment of Health - Deputy Secretary, Healthcare Policy Group
    Dr Tomas AdellDepartment of Health – Director of Hospital Services
    Dr Brendan LaveryMedical Director
    Mark GillespieDirector of Planned Care (with overall responsibility for SWAH and Omagh HPCC)
    Teresa MolloyDirector of Performance & Service Improvement
    Geraldine McKayDirector Unscheduled Care, Cancer, Diagnostics & Medicine
    Donna KeenanDirector of Nursing
    Prof Ronan O’HareDeputy Medical Director
    Prof Monica MonaghanDivisional Clinical Director of Medicine (Southern sector)
    Elizabeth CampbellAsst Director of Operations SWAH & Omagh H&PCC
    Carol ReidAsst Director of Nursing SWAH & Omagh H&PCC
    Dr Mark RobertsClinical Consultant Lead Integrated Care Southern Sector, Primary Care and Older People's Services
    Oliver KellyHead of Corporate Communications
    Chris CurranPublic Affairs/Relations, SPOC MLAs, MPs; lead on SWAH All Party Group
    Dr Laura McDonnellSouth West GP Federation Chair
    Prof Mark TaylorIndependent Expert Health Advisor
    Dr Joanne McCleanIndependent Expert Health Advisor, Director of Public Health, PHA
    Cllr Thomas O’Reilly and Alison McCullaghFermanagh & Omagh District Council, Council Chair & Chief Executive
    Bernie McCroryIndependent Community Stakeholder 1
    Jenny IrvineIndependent Community Stakeholder 2
    Dinah ShorttService User Representative
  • SWAH Strategic Development Group Terms of Reference
  • SWAH Strategic Development Group Meetings

    Meetings of the South West Acute Hospital Strategic Development Group (SDG) are scheduled as follows:

    2023 Meetings of the SWAH Strategic Development Group:

    2024 Meetings of the SWAH Strategic Development Group:

    • Thursday 7 March 2024, 3pm-4-30pm, SWAH Boardroom (virtual option MS Teams)
    • Thursday 18 April 2024, 11am-1pm, SWAH Boardroom (virtual option MS Teams)
    • Friday 19 July 2024, 9.45am-11.15am, SWAH Boardroom (virtual option MS Teams)
    • Thursday 17 October 2024, 11am-1pm, SWAH Boardroom (virtual option MS Teams)
    • Thursday 12 December 2024, 11am-1pm, SWAH Boardroom (virtual option MS Teams)

    (Note: Meetings Notes from each SWAH SDG Meeting will be approved by the Group at each subsequent meeting and the final approved meeting notes will then be published on this official page)